Back in the Beauties of Ebenezer Erskine, I found this little gem of a sermon ending. Erskine lists 19 wonders of the world to come for us to think about:
What is man ?”—but here a vail [sic] lies between us and that glory and happiness that God has ordained and designed for man in the world to come. And the things there ordained for man are so great, that “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man to conceive, the things which God bath prepared for them that love him,” 1 Cor. ii. 9.
- What thinkest thou, believer, of being “for ever with the Lord,” and of having “places among them that stand by,” and beholding the glory of God and of the Lamb ?
- what thinkest thou of coming in person to “Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem ” above, described Rev. xxi. whose wall is of jasper, and the city itself’ of pure gold, like unto transparent glass ; where there is no need of the sun or moon, or of these ordinances, word and sacraments, and ministers, because the glory of the Lord cloth lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof?
- what thinkest thou, believer, of coming to the general assembly, and church of the first-born, which are written in heaven?
- what thinkest thou of joining an “innumerable company of angels, and the spirits of just men made perfect, who sing a new song, crying, “Salvation to our God, and to the Lamb, for ever and ever.” Rev. vii. 10. 11 Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and bless- ing ?”
- what thinkest thou of coming to God the judge of all, as thy God and Father?
- what thinkest thou of coming to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant and of seeing him no more darkly as through a glass, but face to face, seeing him as he is, and beholding thelory that his Father bath given him;,”
- what thinkest thou of sitting down at the table that shall never sitting be drawn, and ‘ of eating and drinking with him, and the ransomed company, in the kingdom of heaven? Mat. xxvi. 29. “I will not drink henceforth,” said fie, at the institution of the supper, before he died, “of the fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
- What thinkest thou of these new scenes of glory, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, mercy, grace, and love, and faithfulness that will be opening through eternity, in the immediate vision of God, and in the works of creation, providence, and redemption ; every one of which will fill thy soul with a new rapture of wonder and praise?
- what thinkest thou of sitting down with Christ victoriously upon his throne, as lie also overcame, and is set down with his Father upon his throne?
- what thinkest thou of possessing these thrones in glory, that became vacant by the apostasy of the angels that fell?
- what thinkest thou of ruling the nations with a rod of iron? Of binding their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron? yet this honour have all the saints, 1 Cor. vi. Q. – Do ye not know, that the saints shall judge the world ver. 3. 11 Know ye not that we shall judge angels?”
- what thinkest thou of eating of the hidden manna, and the fruits of that tree which grows in the midst of the paradise of God ; which beareth twelve manner of fruits every month, and whose leaves are for the healing of the nations?
- what thinkest thou of entering into these ivory palaces of glory, with joy and triumph, on every side, the house of many mansions, the house of Christ’s Father, “whose builder and maker is God?” thou shalt be satisfied then, to the full, with the fatness of his house, and drink of the rivers of his pleasures.
- What thinkest thou of becoming a pillar in the temple of God, where thou shalt go no more out, and having Christ’s name, his Father’s name, and the name of the city of our God written on thee for ever?
- What thinkest thou of being for ever. freed and delivered of all these burdens under which thou groanest? of all these fiery darts whereby thou art now harassed? of all these oppressions, fears, and challenges? of all these tears, sorrows, and afflictions, which make thee to go through the world, with a bowed down back, hanging thy harp Upon the willows?
- what thinkest thou of these eternal things, that are shortly to be possessed? of an eternal God, an eternal life, an eternal light, eternal love, eternal rest, eternal vision and fruition, eternal likeness and conformity to the Lord, that are abiding thee?
- what thinkest thou of the “crown of glory that fadeth not away?”
- what thinkest thou of a kingdom that shall never be moved: an inheritance that is incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away?
- what thinkest thou of having these twilight blinks of glory through the vail [sic], turned into an eternal day of glory? for there the Sun of righteousness shall never set, never, never be eclipsed.
0 sirs, all this, and ten thousand, thousand, thousand times more than I can tell you, is prepared for you on the other side of death; and after all have we not reason to sing and say, as in the text, Lord, what is man that thou takest knowledge of him? or what the son of man, that thou makest such account of him?”